This was a first time visit to Philadelphia and I wanted to have a reasonable price (under $150 per night), a good location so that I could walk to where I wanted to go, and most important, that the place be very clean. The Alexander Inn met all those requirements and for me, as a solo traveler, was a great hotel. I landed at the airport and got the SEPTA train ($7) to the Market East stop. Walked about 6 or so blocks south on 12th Street to Spruce Street and the Alexander Inn is just past the SE corner (on your left walking south). I had made reservations by phone (from hotel website) a few months earlier (they emailed me a confirmation letter) and when I got to the desk, the agent was friendly and checked me into the exact room I had reserved. A deluxe queen size room at the end of the hall on the 5th floor. Several windows to see the skyline (windows opened slightly if you wanted), a desk and chair, a dresser, 2 more chairs & a table, night table & queen bed. Nice closet plus plenty of lamps & lights. Small bathroom, but it had all I needed, including a great shower, with good pressure and loads of hot water, plus a small frosted window, that would open slightly. The room and bath were spotless, and I left a note for housekeeping for some extra soap, which was there the next day. Excellent (& free) breakfast layout in a nice room off the small lobby/entrance, with coffee, tea, water, orange & apple juice, hard boiled eggs, pastry, bagels, toast, muffins, cereal, yogurt & apples & bananas (with all the cream cheese, jelly, honey etc.) The staff at front desk is more than helpful on ideas for places to eat, including printouts of restaurants, with phone & address. Morning Glory is a good little breakfast place, south on 12th Street about 3 blocks to Fitzwater & then left to 10th Street (open at 7am weekdays). Also the Midtown Diner on 11th Street and Sansom is clean with great prices and open 24 hours. Kanella's is a good place for dinner, little more expensive & may need reservations (Greek food). My room rate was discounted for AARP for 3 of the 4 nights (not on weekends) and the whole experience at the Alexander was such, that if back in Philadelphia, I would stay there no doubt. Also a couple of notes: WIFI was free & worked fine for me and though the bed was more firm than mine at home, it felt good after a long day of walking the city seeing all the great sights. (If the room had a coffee maker & small refrig. I would rate 5 instead of 4).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A charming boutique hotel with 48 designer rooms, private baths, Hi speed wireless internet, in-room safes, DirecTV with 8 complimentary movie channels, great artwork, breakfast buffet, fitness center, historic tours from our door, discounted indoor parking nearby, a friendly staff and reasonable and consistent rates from $119. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alexander Hotel Philadelphia
- Alexander Inn Philadelphia